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Confederate Statues, Memorials and Monuments at Gettysburg

Scott Hancock is an associate professor of History and Africana studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He has some strong opinions on whether or not Confederate monuments and memorials should remain on the Gettysburg battlefield. He chats with WBGO Journal host and news director Doug Doyle in this in-depth interview. Hancock came to Gettysburg College in 2001. His scholarly interests focus on the African American experience from the mid-seventeenth century to just before the Civil...

Duration: 00:15:19

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews Van Gogh's Ear

Theater Critic reviews the off-Broadway production of Van Gogh's Ear at Pershing Square Signature Center. The show is presented by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

Duration: 00:03:52

Vulcan Society of the FDNY

Back in 2014, the City of New York settled a $100 million landmark discrimination lawsuit with the Vulcan Society, the African-American fraternal organization for the FDNY. In that settlement, it committed to a major outreach to achieve diversity in its ranks. As a consequence, the department has had success in hiring more men of color. Adding women to the ranks remains an even greater challenge. (Sound of training video and instruction) It’s a beautiful summer week night at the Fire Museum...

Duration: 00:08:01

There's More Than Two Running To Be NJ's Next Governor

The magic number so to speak for New Jersey candidates running for Governor is 430,000. Raising that many dollars is the only way their message will get the exposure brought along with upcoming televised debates. It’s an uphill climb from the start for third party candidates, fighting for name recognition. “The thing that disappoints me most is the polls don’t include me by name,” said Kaper-Dale during a Newark press conference. “The polls are all about the democrat and republican. Then...

Duration: 00:04:11

Montclair Jazz Festival For the Kids

Jazz House Kids is a grassroots jazz school for young people which has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent arts education and performance organizations. “We use jazz, America’s home grown music, as a teaching tool to develop who we are as people,” said Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker Jazz House Kids was created to provide young people with guidance and a positive influence while teaching them how to play and create music. “It’s a unique experience where there are all...

Duration: 00:03:27

Bring the Kids, WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series

Drummer Jerome Jennings was the featured artist at Saturday’s WBGO Kids Concert Series. “What I love about performing for kids is their honesty in terms of how they feel. They don’t withhold their feelings of whether they disagree, bored or tired,” said Jennings. Jennings, originally from Cleveland, Ohio graduated in 2004 from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School for the Performing Arts. Later on, Jennings became the first jazz studies recipient of the Morse Fellowship at the Juilliard...

Duration: 00:02:31

Movie Reviews: 'Detriot', 'Good Time', Patti Cake$'

Think of summer and you think of escape. It’s built into the architecture. Hot sun, summer in the city, escape to the beach, escape to the Cape. And go to the movies to escape the escape. How about escape the cops? Traditional summer escape movies have crashed and burned by the dozens this summer. Maybe that’s because it’s gritty urban realism month in more adventurous movies, as we follow various and sundry characters—white bad boys, good black kids trying to mind their own business—trying...

Duration: 00:06:51

Author Rafi Kohan Guides Us Through "The Arena"

Author Rafi Kohan spent a year traveling all over the U.S. to give readers a detailed look at the lives of sports arenas. His new book The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport is published by Liveright. Kohan talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his fascination with fans and stadiums, as well as what he learned during his trips to places like Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Beaver...

Duration: 00:38:43

Roger Sherman: In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Roger Sherman has produced a documentary that makes an extraordinary journey through Israeli kitchens, restaurants and vineyards. The movie, In Search of Israeli Cuisine , explores the ancient and modern farming and cooking techniques created by the polyglot of people who migrated to Israel or never left. The film opened March 24th at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York and in theaters around the country. Sherman says he found a wealth of tasty treasures in Israel: “I always wanted to go...

Duration: 00:29:39

Commentator Mildred Antenor Says Stop the Negative Energy Ladies

WBGO Journal commentator Mildred Antenor wonders why black women are so hostile to each other.

Duration: 00:04:20

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theater critic Michael Bourne heads back to Shakespeare in the Park for the latest production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Duration: 00:04:02

Out Of The Ashes Came Hope

After the civil unrest in the summer of 1967, Newark’s public housing outlook was bleak…it was at that time that New Community Corporation was founded by Monsignor William Linder with hopes of creating affordable housing. Hear Linder recall the days following that summer of 1967. Monsignor Linder’s new memoir is titled Out of The Ashes Came Hope.

Duration: 00:05:16

Foreclosure Crisis Builds in East Orange and Newark

Listening to Wall Street based business reporting you would believe that the nation’s foreclosure crisis is in the nation’s rear view mirror. But a WBGO investigation has found that here in New Jersey in places like Newark and East Orange foreclosures are hollowing out entire neighborhoods. A recent meeting in East Orange brought out local activists committed to helping their neighbors hold on to their homes. It is a hot weeknight in the East Orange City Council chamber and lead organizer...

Duration: 00:08:42

All Are Welcome at Zeno Mountain Farm's Summer Camp

Every July developmentally disabled adults spend a month at a unique summer camp in Lincoln, Vermont. Some of them get to live in wheelchair accessible treehouses. Campers are raving about Zeno Mountain Farm.

Duration: 00:05:04

Jacqueline Woodson Discusses "Another Brooklyn," Jazz, and Friendship

WBGO Reporter Naomi Brauner spoke with critically acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson to discuss life as an author, parenting, jazz, and her most recent book, Another Brooklyn . Woodson spoke to the importance of representation in literature: representing black fatherhood, black Muslims, and Bushwick in the 1970s. Listen below to Naomi’s extended web interview with Woodson. Warning: book spoilers in the interview. Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of four Newbery Honor awards. The...

Duration: 00:04:37

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews Money Talks

WBGO Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Money Talks. The musical comedy is playing Off-Broadway.

Duration: 00:05:25

Perspectives on '67: Uprising In Newark

Media coverage of the 1967 Newark Rebellion depicted chaos in New Jersey’s largest city, but many people who were there say some major inaccuracies were reported as fact. “Sniper Fire from open windows kills two policemen a fire captain shot in the back while answering a false alarm and several bystanders. Officials say the snipers, some not believed to be Newark residents use guns stolen from a local rifle factory. Even machine guns were used,” said one movie house newsreel following the...

Duration: 00:04:23

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews Pipeline

WBGO Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Pipeline at Lincoln Center Theater.

Duration: 00:03:35

Harlan Jacobson says Dunkirk Hits the Mark

WBGO film critic Harlan Jacobson gives high marks to Christopher Nolan's latest movie Dunkirk .

Duration: 00:07:46

Legendary Broadcaster Bob Wolff Dies at 96

The sports broadcasting world lost one of its finest this past weekend. Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died at the age of 96. Wolff died peacefully in his South Nyack home Saturday night. The Yankees said in a team statement, "Bob Wolff's inconic, Hall-of Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character." Bob was a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyl e in 2014. Wolff...

Duration: 00:36:29

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